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Ginger is such a special spice! In fact, it’s among the most delicious and healthiest spices in the world. Let me tell you a couple of words about it to get us started!
Ginger is a root vegetable originating in Southeast Asia. Nowadays you can find it everywhere, from supermarkets to online shops and the two main forms it comes in are ginger root and ginger powder. There’s no right or wrong here, as both of them have an intense flavor and all the nutrients we love – it all depends on the type of recipe you’re going to make.
Using the powder is easy, you just pour it over whatever else ingredients you’re using. The most common recipe made with ginger powder is gingerbread – a mix of yummy, exotic spices that just screams “Christmas“!
Then there’s the ginger root. Here, things are a bit more complicated which is why I want to explain everything to you down below.
How to cook with ginger
First, we need to prepare our root. The easiest way to take off the skin is to scrape it with a spoon or teaspoon (depending on how big your piece is). I know it may sound odd, but the ginger root is so crunchy and its peel is so thin and paper-like that it will come right off just by touching it with the spoon.
I really advise against using a knife or a potato peeler, as these two will off way too much skin and you’ll end up with just a tiny bit of ginger root left. And we need to save as much as we can!
Next, we need to slice the ends of the root (only if necessary). Now we’re ready to use our fresh ginger piece. Here are your options:
- Grate it – grated ginger is usually used in baking recipes such as sponge cakes, pancakes, and more;
- Cut into matchsticks – perfect for stir-fries, noodles, or other recipes with veggies cut into tiny pieces;
- Cut into thin, tiny pieces – ideal for soups, stews (especially Indian stews), or a curry;
Now there are different ways of using it. Here are a couple of ideas:
- Make a marinade or glaze using freshly grated ginger and other spices or honey/maple syrup – this works wonderfully on fish, for example;
- Grated ginger and ginger sticks work perfectly if boiled in a stew or curry;
- Grated ginger is perfect in a wok together with other veggies if you want to make a stir-fry. Throw in some soba noodles as well and you’re good to go!
You can also boil the ginger slices in water to make some ginger infusion together with lemon, lemongrass, and some honey or maple syrup. For me, this is literally the best type of tea and I drink it when I feel like I’m catching a cold, during winter, or on any other day for no extra reason except the fact that it’s incredibly delicious.
And, of course, there’s also ginger juice which comes in a lot of amazing combos with other ingredients such as orange, lemon, carrots, sea buckthorn, and more. My latest obsession is the cold-pressed morning shots with ginger. A good alternative if you don’t drink coffee and you need a boost to start your day!
In short, ginger is a delicious, versatile ingredient that works perfectly in both sweet and savory recipes. Sponge cakes, juices, stews, stir-fries – you name it, there’s surely a recipe with ginger for it!
Now that you know how to cook with ginger, I invite you to click on the buttons in order to access these delicious ginger recipes. You will find here many unique and delicious recipes that I totally recommend you try – from gingerbread vegan pancakes to a yummy chana masala that’s bursting with exotic flavors, I’m sure you’ll love at least one recipe on this list! All these recipes are vegan, healthy, and super easy to make. They’re all my creations, so I can vouch for each and every one of the recipes below.
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